The world's longest luxury river cruise aboard the boat MV Ganga Vilas which on Friday, January 13th, commenced a 3200 km maiden voyage, was reportedly stuck on the 3rd day in Chhapra, a city and headquarters of the Saran district in the Indian state of Bihar.
According to officials, the giant ship stuck due to shallow water in the Ganga River.
Hours after the news broke out, India's Inland Waterways Authority denied the reports and added the voyage had reached Patna, the capital city of Bihar, at the scheduled time.
Reports said the cruise was expected to dock at the shore for the travelers to visit Chirand, an archaeological site in the Saran district, but got stuck because of water deficiency in the Ganges close to the Doriganj area of the district.
Ganga Vilas is the first cruise ship made in India. She has 3 decks, 18 suites onboard with a capacity of 36 passengers, with all the luxury amenities. The guests are served local food and seasonal vegetables. Antara Luxury River Cruises founder & CEO Raj Singh said there will be no non-veg food/liquor onboard.
The ship has 39 crew and the captain is Mahadev Naik who has 35+ years of experience.